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A Suitable Boy
A Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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PART XVII

I had the opportunity to read Twelfth Night 2 wks ago. Since it was the play that Seth chose to put in the novel, I was wondering if there was foreshadowing. After all, Olivia has 3 suitors just has Lata has 3 suitors The relationship btw Olivia & Malvolio comes undone through the agency of a letter just as Kabir's letter to Lata seems to be a turning point for Lata. But character-wise, I'm not feeling the correlation btw the 2 works.

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PART XVI

Ooh, not gonna lie: I find cricket more baffling than Indian politics! The sections about the game go completely over my head and I‘m sure I‘m missing a lot of really great analogies, metaphors and, clever jokes!

What I do find interesting though is that Vikram Seth not only brings all three of Lara‘s suitors into one scene, but each comes back into the narrative with much stronger feelings for Lata.

Dogearedcopy Image: India‘s first Test victory: Madras, 1951-52: Polly Umrigar set up India's first Test victory with an exquisite 130 not out. 3d
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PART XV

Maan says to his nephew, Bhaskar, ‘I don‘t believe in weapons and shooting and hunting and violence...‘ So very clearly a patent lie!
Basically, the veneer of lies that we tell ourselves is very thin! It‘s small things and big things, calculated and spontaneous things. It‘s sad that there‘s ugliness underneath as opposed to an exposition of “white lies” that that might delight or surprise us.

Image: Tazia, Jaipur, Ghat area

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PART XIV
I find the sections about politics very challenging though Seth gets the basics across and, even though Nehru is a historical figure that would be easy to google, I've decided not to “spoil“ the narrative in the book by doing so. I honestly don't know what Nehru's legacy (beyond a jacket style!) is, and at the end of the chapter can't decide if: A) He just deployed a brilliant political maneuver; B) Painted himself into a corner; C) Both!

Dogearedcopy Image: A reception was held by Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, the then Minister for Health in the Government of India, at Government House, New Delhi on September 27, 1949 in honour of the delegates to the South East Asian Regional Conference of the WHO. Here, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India is seen chatting with Madame Aung San.
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PART XIII

It's no secret that I'm #TeamKabir! He cuts quite the romantic figure: Meet-cute in the bookstore, a date on the lake to the Taj-Mahal-like edifice, the dashing figure he cuts in his cricket whites...What do I have against Haresh? Principally, pettily, it's the fact that he chews betal nuts.That red juice staining his teeth, the ugly chewing/spitting...To me, it represents his crudeness & provincialism despite his education & ambitions.

Dogearedcopy Image: Betel nuts from India. 1w
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Part XII

Ever since I read Toni Morrison last Summer, I've been aware of Author's Intent, the idea that everything is in the story for a reason.

With that in mind, I've been paying particular attention to Part XII. This part seems kinda boring but I have to trust that brakes to the action have been put on for a reason; that these scenes of daily life and provincial machinations set the stage for larger things to follow.

Dogearedcopy Image: Toni Morrison lecture at West Point Military Academy in March 2013. 1w
Joanne1 A Suitable Boy is such a wonderful book. I‘m sure part XII will make sense in time. 1w
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PART XI

Whoa. I have to admit that I'm not sure what to say here. Book XI started out so slow, boring in its way if you're not into legal mechanics but then the Pul Mela Stampede of 1954, Bhaskar and ironically, when the book ended back in court and the “verdict“ regarding the Zamindari Abolition and Land Reform act was passed, I was devastated by that too!

Image: Worship of a sacred tree during Paush Purnima, Kumbh Mela 2013, Allahabad (India)

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Amiable
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Day 17 of #adventrecommends ... set in post-partition India, this novel follows the story of four families over a period of 18 months, and centers on Mrs. Rupa Mehra's efforts to arrange the marriage of her opinionated younger daughter, Lata, 19, to a "suitable boy.” At 1,349 pages and 591,552 words, the book is one of the longest novels ever published in a single volume in the English language. So read it for the story —and the bragging rights!

ljuliel I knew before reading who made this post that I bet it was you ! You read some majorly thick books. I‘ve not read this one but it sounds very good. Are you the one who said you start out every year reading a chunkster ? I was wondering if you‘ve chosen yet what you‘ll read this coming year ? 1mo
BarbaraBB Loved this one ❤️ 1mo
batsy I was really swept away by this one! 1mo
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LeahBergen This was so good! 👍🏻 1mo
Amiable @ljuliel That is me, yes! I‘m in the process of selecting my chunkster for 2020. I usually alternate between nonfiction and fiction, and this year I read “Truman.” So I‘m looking for a fiction for next year. I‘m thinking either something by James Michener or this one: (edited) 1mo
ljuliel I‘ve heard of the one you mentioned and think I started it many years ago. I wasn‘t able to get into it at the time, but sometimes a book will click for you at one time but not the other. I‘ve read 2 of Michener‘s and thought they were both 5 star books. Centennial and Chesapeake. Good luck to you, whatever book you choose. (edited) 1mo
Amiable @ljuliel I was actually thinking of “Chesapeake” because then I could also check off Maryland on my #ReadtheUSA2020 challenge! 🙂 1mo
ljuliel Good idea ! 👍🏼 1mo
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I started reading this massive book the other day. I am impressed by how many characters have been introduced in the first 150 pages and how invested I am in them. I was reading the part about a committee meeting at the university the other night and we lost electricity. I broke out the flashlight to see how it ended.

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PART X

Why is the wolf hunt in the story? There has to be reason, not just to add a little bit of color to the narrative. At first I that it might be an obvious allegory to the hunt for love-- But now I'm not so sure. At one point, we see Maan's temper flare hotly and, now he is on a hunt. Is the hunt a sort of trigger or turning point if not in Maan, in our perception of him as well? What is our lovelorn Maan truly capable of?

Dogearedcopy 📷: Wolf and Mowgli (Illustration from ‘The Jungle Book‘ by Rudyard Kipling) 6mo
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PART IX

The sun may never set on the British Empire, but there are places where it doesn't shine so bright! For nearly 200 hundred years, the British rule over India left its indelible imprint on the land, people and, culture. Even in the leaving, India had to deal with the aftermath of the Mountbatten plan as well as trying to re-establish the Indian identity. In this section we deal w/the bald resentment of the British Empire's colonialism.

Dogearedcopy Image: Ruins of British Residency in Lucknow (By Vyom.Y - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51941081) 7mo
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PART VI

Music! I became rather curious as to all the instruments mentioned in this section and found some great videos demonstrating how they look and are played:

The harmonium: https://youtu.be/2MojAo65MiA
The tabla: https://youtu.be/r31oe7Sm0vI
The sitar: https://youtu.be/72MCEY57_Q4

Image: Woman with a saraswati veena, Tanjore Painting, Crafts Museum, New Delhi, India
© Yann Forget / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0.

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MrBook
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Part 10/10 of today‘s home-library tour! ☺️

Do you own, or have you read, any of these?

#MrBooksBooks

tammysue Read The Girls it was just ok 9mo
Leftcoastzen Read the Girls , have the Atwood still in TBR 9mo
Blaire I‘ve read the Atwood and quite liked it. I want to read a suitable boy but seems like such an undertaking. 9mo
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Amiable Loved “A Suitable Boy” and eagerly awaiting the supposed sequel! 9mo
diovival See some familiar spines. All tbr. 9mo
Joanne1 I‘ve read A Suitable Boy and the Girls and enjoyed them both.... they‘re very different b 9mo
StephanieMarie Read A Suitable Boy, own Stone Matress but haven't read it yet 9mo
Lcsmcat Loved The Namesake. Own but haven‘t read, Stone Mattress. 9mo
rwmg Loved A Suitable Boy 9mo
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PART V

There is just so much to unpack in this section:about democracy & nationalism, the caste system & class warfare, capitalism & socialism, but I don't think reading 15 sections in a lit-fic saga (no matter how deftly rendered) qualifies me to render an expert opinion. OTOH, I think it would seem somewhat disingenuous to not make direct comparison to certain current politicians. ;-)

Image: First Cabinet of Independent India

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I suggested other uses for the book to my friend. 😂

Leftcoastzen 😂😂😂I definitely have a few intruder ready books in the stash 10mo
Cathythoughts That‘s a scream 😂😂😂 10mo
Amiable I have that book in hardcover —I think I could take out a football team. 😀 10mo
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MicheleinPhilly @Amiable How much does that bad boy weigh??? 10mo
Amiable @MicheleinPhilly I can‘t find it right now to weigh it again, but I did weigh it when I was reading it a few years ago. If I remember correctly it was around 4 pounds or so. Like carrying a bag of flour around with you everywhere! I mostly just left it at home and read it there. 😀 10mo
Reviewsbylola 🤣🤣🤣 10mo
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Cathythoughts
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#MarchIntoThe70s #CarryOnMyWaywardSon I‘m in Waterstones & I havnt read this one ... but the title kind of fits .... oh & @TrishB - thought of you when I saw there are 1500 pages in this one 👍🏻

Cinfhen Are u serious?????? 1500 pages .....#HardPass and #MinorPanicAttack #PageCountPhobia 😬😱😰 10mo
squirrelbrain That‘s the book that‘s been on my TBR shelf the longest @Cinfhen ! It‘s size is rather off-putting... 😬 10mo
tpixie Apparently the author didn‘t have an editor? Or how long was it before editing?? 😆😂🤣🤪 10mo
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MicheleinPhilly A friend of mine just received this from someone as a gift and she was like, “When the hell do you think I‘ll have time to read this???” 10mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen it would want to be very good 👍🏻... at that length I‘d need to be on a desert island for a spell 😳 10mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain it‘s sooo long 🤭.... OMG 10mo
Cathythoughts @tpixie oh man !! 😂 10mo
Bklover Ummmm....I don‘t think so. 😳😳😳 10mo
batsy It's brilliant! Massive, but so good... You won't notice the pages 😉😁 10mo
TrishB It‘s a really good read 😁😁 I preferred An Equal Music, but this was good too. Did take me about a week though! 10mo
TrishB @batsy definitely! 10mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB @batsy I wouldn‘t doubt you Trish or Suba ... ye have it read !! Fair play 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
Cathythoughts @MicheleinPhilly your friend asks a legitimate question for sure 👍🏻... when 🤷🏻‍♀️ 10mo
Cathythoughts @Bklover me neither .... although we have 2 good Littens saying it‘s brilliant!! Oh no 🤦🏻‍♀️... why did I ever take that picture In Waterstones (edited) 10mo
Bklover @Cathythoughts I know what you mean. This is how I end up with a zillion books on my shelf waiting for me. I keep thinking someday.... 10mo
tpixie @MicheleinPhilly lol. 😂 10mo
Tamra I too read good things about it, but I think at that size it‘s better for kindle! 💪🏾 10mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra good point 👍🏻. Although..... if I actually read it , I would like a hard copy on my shelf , so I could casually say “ oh yeah.. I‘ve read that one “ ...... except I doubt that will ever happen 😳😂😂 10mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts better get both! 😜 10mo
Cathythoughts @tamra 👍🏻😂 10mo
LeahBergen I‘ll chime in with @batsy and @TrishB - it‘s really good! 👍🏻 10mo
writerlibrarian Massive but so so so good. It's also well designed chapters and parts wise. Took me about 3 weeks on and off. I loved it. It didn't feel massive at all. 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow, a real chunkster! 😧 I wonder how long it would take me to finish reading. 10mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @writerlibrarian it does sound excellent 👍🏻♥️ 10mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm are you thinking about it Jessie ?! It‘s just so long 😳 10mo
Reggie It‘s soooo good. Yes 1500 pages but so much happens and I was never bored. 10mo
BiblioLitten I couldn‘t finish it because my exams came up. I hope to pick it up in the future. 10mo
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Dolly
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1. Western Massachusetts - but 23andMe tells me Poland/Ukraine, France,Germany
2. Let me travel around the world and I‘ll get back to you.
3. Barbados, Nova Scotia, and England- India
4. Ahhh, maple syrup?
5. 💞

Amiable I loved this book—eagerly awaiting the sequel! 10mo
Dolly @Amiable Oh, I recently considered bailing but you have encouraged me to keep going. 10mo
Amiable This was my annual “chunkster” read a few years ago —in 2014, I think. I just did a few chapters a day, if I recall. The chapters are fairly short, right? It took me about 4 months, but I made it through! 10mo
Dolly @Amiable Yes, mercifully short. My problem is the distance between family group chapters. I have to re-familiarize myself with them each time. I‘m thankful for the inclusion of the family trees! 10mo
Amiable Oh, I know —me too! Those family trees are indispensable! 😀 10mo
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I‘ve started sampling my stack of 800+ page books, and was pleasantly surprised by this table of contents written in verse. Off to a good start, IMO ☺️ #marchofthemammoths

arubabookwoman For years we‘ve been promised a companion to this—A Suitable Girl. Perhaps 2019 will be the year it appears. I loved A Suitable Boy when I read it years ago, and will probably reread it before I read A Suitable Girl (if it ever appears). 11mo
SharonGoforth @arubabookwoman I didn‘t know that, thank you! I‘ll be watching for it. 😊 11mo
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I‘ve been thinking a bit about the Hindu caste system as I‘ve continued reading this story. We see how it plays into the Partition, the social stratum and, personal relationships. The divisions aren't always clear cut though which makes me wonder how much of the “Other” is truly offensive vs how sensitive or offended the person making the judgement call is.

📷: Leather bottle-makers of the Chamaar caste; Labeled for use with modifications

Amiable Oh, I loved this book. 🥰 11mo
TimSpalding Commenting here to see if you get it. 11mo
Dogearedcopy @TimSpalding Hey Tim! Sorry, I had to work so I wasn't able to check my Litsy feed for a while. 11mo
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Prem Nivas, "the abode of love," is the courtyard where Saeda Bai sings, creating a magical night of music, poetry & enchantment, an oasis where colored lights shine from the bushes, roses bloom a bit early, & flirtations continue until dawn. The courtyard flows with studied beauty, ghazals, the sounds of the tablas, sarangis, tanpuras & harmoniums. I ❤️ the lush, edenic depictions of Prem Nivas.

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I‘ve just finished the 1st of 19 parts in which we meet about a dozen characters in this post-Partition saga in India.

From the Word of Thanks through 1.19, the writing is clever, the settings are lushly described, and the characters are absolutely human for better *and* worse.

So, so much to talk about, too little space!

#ASuitableBoy19

📷: Kedar Ghat at Varanasi
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suzisteffen @Dogearedcopy TRULY an amazing book. It‘s been too long since I read it! 12mo
Amiable I loved this book. Still waiting for the sequel. 12mo
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'A Suitable Boy' has been in my stax for 2 yrs! I decided to tackle it this year as a personal year-long read because there are *19* Parts; and if I take *19* days to read each Part, it should take me 361 days - close enough to a year!

Quite by accident, my personal reading challenge turned into a small group read effort on LT (2019 Category Challenge) and every once in a while, I'll post here too :-)

#ASuitableBoy19

LeahBergen I liked this book! 👍🏻 12mo
JamieArc This is on my list to read this year! 12mo
LeeRHarry Loved this one - although I have it in 3 separate volumes which made it easier to lug around at the time 😊 12mo
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Though took 2 months to complete but it was an amazing read!

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Day 18 - #adventrecommends

A monster read (1349 pages), I enjoyed it very much. I learned history and religious customs of 1950's India. It took me a month to read but I always looked forward to getting back to the characters which began to feel like friends. I enjoyed reading about the suitors that Lata Mehra had. How her mother tried to manipulate her marriage. Torn between 3 men in the end, I believe that Lata finally made the right choice.

squirrelbrain I‘ve had this on my TBR shelf for years - hopefully 2019 will be the year I finally read it! 13mo
EadieB @squirrelbrain Good luck! It‘s a long one! 13mo
sophierayton One of my favourites. A sequel is due soon! 13mo
EadieB @sophierayton I have been patiently waiting for the sequel! It says 2020! (edited) 13mo
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I have finally finished ‘one of the longest novels ever published in a single volume in the English language‘ - Wikipedia

Bring on A Suitable Girl!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DivineDiana 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Cathythoughts Great review ❤️ 1y
batsy Yay! Nicely reviewed! I loved it and can't wait for A Suitable Girl. 1y
Ms_T @batsy Thank you! Yes, A Suitable Girl is one to definitely look out for. 1y
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Three-hundred pages to go in this super-chunky book. Let‘s do this!

Velvetfur Wow, what a chunkster! You can do this! 👍 1y
Ms_T @Velvetfur 🙌🏻 1y
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A monster read (1349 pages), I enjoyed it very much. I learned interesting history and religious customs of 1950's India. The characters began to feel like friends to me. I enjoyed reading about the many suitors that Lata Mehra had and how her mother tried to manipulate her marriage.
Torn between 3 men, I believe that Lata finally made the right choice. I can't wait to read A Suitable Girl, when it is published on January 10, 2019.

Nute Way to go! It is an accomplishment. 1y
Mindyrecycles What?! Hadn't heard about Suitable Girl! 1y
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My plan whilst on holiday was to really get stuck in to the tagged title, but my relaxing week has turned out to be very active one! I have a pool day planned for today (to help my tired legs recover) and reading A Suitable Boy is the only thing I intend to do.

KarenUK Enjoy 💕👍 1y
Ms_T @KarenUK Thank you! 1y
TrishB Good job you have all day! It‘s a big book. 1y
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Ms_T @TrishB It‘s a super-chunkster! 1y
BarbaraBB It is a great book! 1y
Ms_T @BarbaraBB good to hear! 1y
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#SeptemberTBR which includes the super-chunky tagged title. At around 1400 pages I hope to make a significant dent in it next week whilst reclining on a sun lounger in Italy. Magnifico! #TBR #SeptTBR

TrishB Enjoy the holiday and the reading 👍🏻 some good ones there. 1y
Ms_T @TrishB Thank you! 1y
Birdsong28 Enjoy your holiday!! I listened to MiddleMarch a couple of months ago ( same version as I think we both got it in a daily deal 😂) it was good but I felt it dragged a bit don't know if it was to do with the narrator or how I read it as I listened to it on the way back and forth to work so it was in 20 min bursts. 📚📖 1y
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Ms_T @Birdsong28 Thanks! I remember we bought Middlemarch at the same time. It‘s lengthy, isn‘t it?! I‘ll start it on a Sunday when I can listen to a good five hours of it in one go. 1y
JillR Have a good trip 😎 1y
Ms_T @JillR Thanks 😃 1y
Reggie Once you get the hang of the names, A Suitable Boy seems like a much shorter book. I loved that book. 1y
Ms_T @Reggie I‘m really excited to dive in to it. It‘ll be the biggest book I‘ve ever read. 1y
Cathythoughts Have a great trip. Good luck with the chunkster 😱... you can do it 👍🏻 1y
Ms_T @Cathythoughts Thank you and thank you! 1y
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#inlaws #reviews #others

An intimidatingly large book but nonetheless evocative and atmospheric as well as being very readable

Ms_T I‘ll be tackling this in September! 2y
batsy @KateFulfordAuthor @Ms_T It's such a good read 💜 2y
Ms_T @batsy Good to hear! It‘ll be my holiday read 😃 2y
Amiable Loved this book! 2y
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My chair mate Murphy has given permission for me to bail on this one. I‘m not sure if it‘s the book or just me, but it‘s just not sucking me in right now. 🙁

Amiable Oh, I read that about 3 years ago (finally--I had the book in my pile for about 20 years! 😳). I loved it. It was definitely worth the effort. 2y
Julie123 I‘ve heard great things about it. It‘d take a lot of effort to read that one though, so maybe when you‘re in a different mood you could try it again ? Up to you. 😊 2y
Tamra It‘s a door stop isn‘t it? I think it had it TBR and then it went into the giveaway because I just hadn‘t gotten to it. 2y
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RebelReader @Tamra @Julie123 @Amiable I will return to it at some point, but now isn‘t the time. 😃 2y
RidgewayGirl I loved this one so much, but I did read it during a time when I had the free time to really dive into it. 2y
RebelReader @RidgewayGirl I think the issue wasn‘t the book, but rather the fact that I don‘t get long reading sessions. I need stuff I can pick up and put down often. 2y
Mamashep And it is such a monster! 2y
Amiable When I read it a few years ago, I chose it as my "Big Book Read" for the year. Every year I pick a book that is about 1,000 pages (I'll allow less as long as it's at least 900 pages) and start it on Jan. 1 with the intention of reading 10 pages a day until it's done. To me, it makes it less daunting. Ten pages in a day? I can do that! It really helped. Although if you are a person who can't stop in the middle of a chapter, that might not work. ? 2y
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1️⃣ Pink, purple, royal blue
2️⃣ Grace & Frankie
3️⃣ A Suitable Boy - I looked up a lot of food
4️⃣ American cheese, mustard & pickle
5️⃣ Knit in Public Day on Saturday
https://www.wwkipday.com/

#Friyayintro @jesshowbooks

Ingerella Knit in Public Day sounds fun! I haven't knitted in so long I might have to reteach myself! 2y
BethFishReads Oh forgot about knit on public 2y
Godmotherx5 @Ingerella Go for it. 2y
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Godmotherx5 @BethFishReads I just learned about it but can‘t wait to see how it goes tomorrow. 2y
BethFishReads My local shop always promotes it. My public space will likely be my deck. 😁😁 2y
Suet624 Knit in public day? Where does that take place? 2y
Godmotherx5 Hey @Suet624 If you go to this link, you can find one near you. I don‘t have one any closer than 30 minutes. My sister-in-law & are going to meet at location central to each of our homes. https://www.wwkipday.com/ 2y
Godmotherx5 @BethFishReads Ha, THAT is more my style. Have a great weekend. 2y
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I tried to read A Suitable Boy several years ago and I got a third through it and quit. So I was excited when my book group tackled it earlier this year and I finally made it all the way through and loved it! Next chunky books on the list: the last half of Infinite Jest, Ulysses and Moby Dick. #chunksteryouread

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atenelli
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Time to reread; might eat up a lot of my reading time#doorstopper#india

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1. I don‘t do well on restricted reads, so probably wouldn‘t want to commit to a buddy read. I change my mind too often about what to read next.
2 A Suitable Boy. I‘ve always heard how amazing it is, but the older I get, the less I want to read 1000 page books.
3 I‘m hoping for Myrtle Beach ? Possibly this Fall if nothing major happens before then.
4 England...partly due to books, partly because it looks like a wonderful place to visit.

Dolly I‘m reading A Suitable Boy as a sort of background read; slowly, not everyday, and I‘m taking notes about characters so as to not lose track. There is a family tree included. I was enlightened by @shawnmooney that there‘s nothing wrong with reading slowly especially when you read more than one book at a time. Yeah, so we‘re both “old” but you aren‘t at the point of not buying green bananas. 2y
Dolly I‘ve been to London and it‘s wonderful with nice clean streets, food that‘s out of this world, but dirty air. I‘d love to visit the UK countryside and stay in a house with a family. 2y
Kaye Thank you @Dolly it‘s not that I think I won‘t live long enough to finish the book but my tastes have changed somewhat. I used to love real long books but now not as much. You‘re so lucky you got to visit England. 2y
AmyG England would be my choice, too. I went the day Ronald Reagan was shot....to Scotland and England. What beautiful countries so filled with history. And...castles! (edited) 2y
Kaye Yea @AmyG the castles would be so neat. 2y
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Dolly
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Before I finish this mammoth book I‘ll have time to raise a flock of sheep, shear them, spin some yarn, and knit myself some winter clothing.

mabell 😂👏 2y
LeahBergen Your knitting is amazing! 😍 2y
Dolly @LeahBergen That‘s sweet, thank you, it‘s fun most times 😆 2y
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Reggie I love, love , love this book!!!!! 2y
SandyW Beautiful sweater! 2y
Dolly @Sandy‘s thank you so much 💓 @Reggie glad you commented, it gives me incentive to keep going as each time I put it down I‘m at risk for not continuing. My TBR print books are piling up. 2y
Reggie It was hard at first because Indian names of course aren‘t common to me. But once I figured out the family tree by looking in the front so many times it got easier. 2y
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☕nothing really. Which is fantastic. ☝?I am 5'5" ?I've lived in the Boston area for around 7 years now, longest I've ever lived anywhere ?I've been reading the tagged book since he beggining of the year and since it's the biggest book ever I will most likely continue reading it for a couple of months ? I never take selfies but I took one this morning walking Casper (he blends in with the snow)

#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

AlaMich Great picture!! 2y
PandaPanda @AlaMich thank you! 2y
4thhouseontheleft It took me a minute, but I spot Casper! I never would have noticed if you hadn‘t mentioned him, though. 🐶 2y
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PandaPanda @4thhouseontheleft haha yeah in person he doesn't look as white as the snow at all but good camoflague in pics! 2y
TNbookworm Great pic☺ 2y
PandaPanda @TNbookworm thank you! 2y
julesG Wow, really had to look for your doggy. Great picture of you. 2y
BookishMe I wonder if you are familiar with Tamil cinema... For a moment I thought it was this Tamil actress (who resembles you ;)) in Litsy ;p 2y
mabell Casper fits his name 😉👻🐶 2y
PandaPanda @BookishMe oh! I'm really not (my Tamil skills are confined to understanding when my mom is complaining about me) who is it? Also thank you! 2y
PandaPanda @julesG thank you! @mabell when he was a puppy he was actually less white so he is growing into his name! 2y
DeborahSmall Beautiful pic💕 I wouldn‘t have seen the dog had you not mention it! 2y
Jess7 Cute pic! 2y
PandaPanda @jess7 thank you! 2y
BookishMe @PandaPanda Varalaxmi Sarathkumar. Her father used to be a popular actor. Your mother will surely know him from Suryavamsam :)) 2y
Dolly I‘m on page 346 of A Suitable Boy, started the first of the year and hoping I can stay with it. Sometimes when I read in small chunks I lose interest. How‘s it going for you? 2y
PandaPanda @dolly similar situation here! I really enjoy when we focus on Lata but I'm having trouble with the chapters without her. I think I'll get more into it soon though 2y
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1. Chocolate cream pie, bismarcks, and almost any cake and pastry one can think of.
2. Only used Netflix once, but just watched all seasons of Orphan Black on library DVDs
3. A Suitable Boy is almost 1400 pages. It‘s good but don‘t know if I should bail. I have a library copy and I‘m not a fast reader. What to do, what to do... can‘t find a used copy at local shops.
4. Almost 2 years
5. 👍
#friyayintro
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Godmotherx5 I read it in 2015 & it took me almost the whole year to finish it. Good luck. 2y
Dolly @Godmotherx5 😄 That‘s why I looked for a copy. Who knows I still have a couple more used bookstores to visit🤞🏼. I really don‘t want to bail but don‘t need more stress either. 2y
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Godmotherx5 What page are you on? 2y
Dolly @Godmotherx5 I'm only on page 335 🙁 2y
Dolly @theresidentromantic thanks for the tip! It's inexpensive too. I'll look into shipping charges and such. I've given up my job to care for my mom (98 yrs old yesterday!) so funds are limited. 2y
theresidentromantic If you've never ordered before, I think you can get a few coupons from them! They have a coupon tab, definitely worth checking! And that's really amazing and selfless of you. ❤ 2y
Godmotherx5 I can loan you mine. We can chat offline if you‘re interested. 2y
Dolly @Godmotherx5 💖That‘s sweet of you but the book is 4 pounds! I may order it if I can get a good deal or maybe, just maybe there is a copy in one of my 2 hometown used book stores. Also my public library is very generous with loans. 2y
Dragon I got a thousand pages in and bailed. I‘ve regretted it .🐉 2y
Dolly @WhatDeeReads I love the Helena character! Tatiana does a great job throughout. 2y
Dolly @dragon Why? Can you go back and try again? 2y
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I carry this rat stopper of a book everywhere. Love the writing and the story so far at 87 of 1400 pages😬. Not available as an ebook through the local library🙁💪🏼

valeriegeary Oh my gosh! It's huge!! 😵 2y
mjdowens 😂😂😂. Took me a sec to see the poor creature under the book 2y
Andrew65 That definitely belongs in #yearofthechunkster 2y
RebelReader @Andrew65 I'm making this one do double duty #yearofthechunkster and #litsyclassicsatoz. 😂 2y
Dolly @mjdowens Creature? What creature????? 😂 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Let‘s do it!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
squirrelbrain Ooh this has been on my bookshelf for YEARS but I‘m hoping to read it this year for one of the challenges.... 2y
PandaPanda @squirrelbrain yeah I'm just hoping I finish it before the end of the year 😅 2y
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LeahBergen I enjoyed it. 👍🏻 2y
Reggie It‘s really good. Once you get all the characters straight. It flows. 2y
Dolly I‘m reading this too and enjoying so far. The characters and Indian culture are interesting. I‘ll be watching to see what you think of it. 2y
PandaPanda @Dolly really enjoying it so far! I'm ethnically Indian so am comfortable with the culture but love how deep it dives into all the characters (there's definitely the room 🙄) 2y
Dolly Cool!!! ❤️Now I‘m even MORE interested in what you think as you read! 😀 2y
Godmotherx5 I read this 2-3 years ago as a year-long challenge. As others have said, once you get the family tree straight, it is pretty good. The sequel, A suitable Girl, has been postponed numerous times. 2y
PandaPanda @Godmotherx5 I'm taking it pretty slow and reading other stuff as well. I read about the sequel! I think it's coming out soon? And a BBC series 2y
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I don‘t know how this happened! Even had a few chunksters in there too! Page count was cut off- 55,131!

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My first book of the year is this monster of 1400 pages. Reviews look good and I hope to be googling Indian foods, clothing, terms and learn about Indian culture 😀. Can I resist heading out for Indian takeout today? India‘s flag has a wheel in the center. I believe this represents Gandhi‘s spinning wheel.
Love, love, love to learn as I read! Happiness!

Soubhiville Why resist? Enjoy a mango lassi for me! 2y
Dolly @Soubhiville Mango Lassis are awesome! My resistance comes from the thermometer that won‘t go above single numbers today but will consider as hot & spicy would taste so good during this frigid weather. 2y
PandaPanda This is my first book of the year as well! I will probably read it slowly interspersed with a lot of other books because it is so long (and big) 2y
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Amiable I read this a few years ago and loved it! Enjoy! 🙂 2y
Soubhiville Oh bbrrrrr! I‘m not sure I‘d leave home either! Stay warm! 2y
Reggie I loved this book. As soon as you get over keeping all the people straight it becomes wonderful. 2y
Dolly @Reggie I‘m going to make a scorecard/bookmark on which I can write as unfamiliar names are hard to get a handle on. I‘ve flipped to the family tree too many times. I‘m enjoying the writing style and flow. (edited) 2y
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My dad just came back from a trip to India and bought me so many books!! I think I'll probably be reading that tagged book for a very very long time... #chunkster #bookhaul

[DELETED] 3803335244 What a great dad! 2y
Tamra Wow, awesome! Suitable Boy is in my TBR too! 2y
slategreyskies The God of Small Things is one of my favorite books!! 💕 2y
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TheKidUpstairs Unaccustomed Earth is one of the few short story collections that have left me feeling satisfied. Enjoy! 2y
LeahBergen What a great book haul! 😍 2y
erinreads And they‘re all so pretty! 😍 Way to go dad! 2y
sisilia Ooohhh I see Jhumpa Lahiri. Enjoy! I love her writings 2y
DeborahSmall Some fantastic books in there ❤️ 2y
Cinfhen What an awesome dad!!!! And he shlepped you home a #chunkster!!!! 2y
Cathythoughts Lucky you 👍 2y
Ms_T Amazing dad! I‘ve just bought the tagged title and it‘s a chunkster 👍🏻 2y
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Amazon Daily Deal alert!
Also, their kindle autumn sale has started. I may have bought five or six books already, and I'm not done with the list. ?(And that's me sticking to only books that are on my TBR, not at the library, and at Q8.99)

TrishB Have read this one - but going to have a look at the rest of the offers 😀 2y
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This 1553-page chunkster of a book (which is highly recommended by several esteemed Littens) is just 99p today in Kindle UK store. And that is, as Robert Palmer said, simply irresistible. #Purchased

Clare_Riley I loved this book - it's such a big read though. It took me ages to read it, and I felt bereft when it ended. My first serious book hangover!! I didn't pick up another book to read for about a week afterwards! 2y
Ms_T @Clare_Riley That‘s such a great recommendation, thank you! I‘m really looking forward to reading it! 😃 2y
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#septembowie #slowburn

This is the longest novel I ever read. 1448 pages! A whole 500 or so more than Anna Karenina. I enjoyed every moment - although it took me a long time. It follows four families over a couple of years and one is trying to find their daughter a suitable boy to marry. It was 20 years ago that I read it but I remember I felt very drawn in to the domestic worlds of the families. If you #lovebigbooks try it!

Cinfhen OMG! I can't even imagine @minkyb This might interest you @OSChamberlain 😊 2y
Marchpane That's an achievement! 👏👏👏 2y
Reggie I freaking loved this book. She doesn't choose the one you think. I enjoyed that in the middle of all this, he writes about the Tamil family who speaks in rhyme. Have you read his other one? The one about a musician who starts an affair with his ex who is now married? Totally worlds apart from this one. 2y
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OSChamberlain @Cinfhen 😱😱😱🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤 Yessssss!! 2y
Centique @Reggie I‘m so glad to find another fan of this book! I just picked up his other book in a second hand shop - looking forward to reading it 😊 2y
Centique @Cinfhen I was working in a bookshop when it came out and people were shocked by its length so I wanted to prove it could be done! 😊 It turned out to be great. 2y
Centique @OSChamberlain just been looking at your books on your profile - this is a walk in the park compared to Moby Dick! You‘ll love it I think! 2y
batsy I loved this one and so glad you and @Reggie liked it, as well :) I remember using this for a past challenge about big books, I think 😁 I was also floored by how different his other book is 2y
OSChamberlain @Centique I‘m sure I will!! Glad to have this beautiful community to turn me on to books I might otherwise never hear of! 🖤 2y
Centique @batsy excellent! It‘s such a nice feeling for me to find people who love the same books 💕 Can‘t wait to read An Equal Music now. @Reggie 2y
Centique @OSChamberlain me too! I love this place. 2y
OSChamberlain @batsy Yet another one for me to check out 🖤🖤🖤 2y
TrishB @batsy @Reggie loved this and An Equal Music, awesome books. 2y
batsy @OSChamberlain Yes! 😁👍 2y
batsy @TrishB 👍I was looking up An Equal Music and was happy to find an older post of yours 😁 2y
Ms_T I‘m really drawn to this book! 2y
minkyb @Cinfhen - @MrBook may be the #MayorOfLitsy but you are its #BigBookMonitor ‼️🤣😘 2y
Cinfhen Hahaha🤣😂🤣😂😂 @minkyb 😘😘😘thanks for that #MorningLaugh 2y
Cinfhen And I knew the lovely @TrishB had already read this one!!! #DUH 2y
MrBook @minkyb 😂👏🏻🙌🏻 I believe I tagged this book in an #AuthorPotpourri post 😁👍🏻! 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen I like big books......you're all singing now aren't you 😂 2y
minkyb Indeed @TrishB. And let‘s not forget twerking as well! 2y
TrishB @minkyb had a little laugh at the thought of that in the office! 2y
LeeRHarry I loved this and was lucky enough to find it in 3 volumes secondhand so I didn't have to lug around the whole thing all the time 😊 I enjoyed An Equal Music too 😊 2y
ChasingOm 😳😳😳 2y
Centique @Ms_T have you read it? It‘s really good. 👍😊 2y
Centique @LeeRHarry yay! I think 3 volumes is a much better idea 2y
Centique @ChasingOm yes the size is really 😳😳😳😂 2y
Ms_T @Centique I haven‘t read it but definitely will in the very near future 😊 2y
Jeg Good for you. I have a really hard time with thick books. I usually avoid them. 🙃 2y
shawnmooney Chunkster indeed! I am now totally into Indian literature so I think I'll have to tackle this one some day! 2y
Centique @shawnmooney I hope you love it too. 🤞 2y
Dragon I made it to around page 1000 and gave up, I regret that now and wished I had finished 😩 2y
Centique @Dragon oh what a shame! I have done the same thing though with other books - it‘s a big chunk of time. 1000 pages still counts of course - that‘s like two books anyway! 2y
Dragon Thanks @Centique that's a good way to look at it . 😀 2y
Ms_T This is a Kindle Daily Deal today so I‘ve bought it 😃 2y
Centique @Ms_T oh wow! Hope you enjoy it. I just remember it was like going to spend a month visiting these families ☺️ 2y
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"I wade out to the bench, set down my wine,
My bread and cheese, and like some sage
Of old, sit down to dine.
I do not rage
Or pine
At age,
For youth once mine.
This pool, this plate, this page,
This tree whose roots are branch and tine
Holds me in its still hour-glass, its free cage."

#vikramseth #poetry

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"Last night a storm raged round the bare oak tree.
A cold, sharp rain fell; wild in pace
The ice-fed air swirled free.
Now in this place
I see
No trace
Of wind or lee,
No grass, no earth—the space
Is a clear lake, deep as my knee.
I reach its edge and view, far down, my face."

#poetry #vikramseth

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4:35 in the morning. The fasting dentist is in the hospital. Attending on my baby sister. Please pray for her.
#MahrasQOTD how many of you know that this is #Ramadan?
One entire month when #Muslims don't eat anything from dawn till sunset. The entire month is of #peace and #blessings and we are meant to ask forgiveness and spread #happiness
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#Bookish #books #MahraReads #Dentist #Ramazan #Islam

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I was wondering if I were to start a blog what should I name it... I had a blog a few years back but I've grown out of that. I want something that relates to dentistry and books because I am the dentist who reads 😂 I'll also put in some dental advice.
Plus this photo does not do justice to how huge the book I am reading is
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#Help #Blog #BlogName #Dentist #NewToLitsy #VikramSeth #AsuitableBoy

MrBook MahraKicksButt.com ? 3y
batsy BookishTeeth.com 😀 3y
Dolly Wisdom teeth 2y
Dr.Who_number10 Dentrisreader.com🧐🤔 2y
Dr.Who_number10 Something that you like that compares the 2 subjects🙂🙃 2y
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